Past Scholars

2016 Howell Scholars

Jaidev Bapat (UCSD)
Project: "Exploring the Effects of Heterozygous Deletions of the BECN1 and MAP1LC3B Genes in Ovarian Cancer Cells"
Mentor:  Dwayne Stupack, Pathology/Reproductive Medicine

Alyssa Bowlsby (CSU, Chico)
Project: "Formation of Dimeric Antagonists as a Novel Treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia"
Mentor: Carolynn Arpin, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Natural Sciences

Trista R. Campbell, MSN, RN, CPHQ (USD Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science)
Project: "Assessing Engagement Readiness of Informal Caregivers Caring for Patients with a Dual Diagnosis of a Stroke and Dementia"
Mentor: Jane Georges

Sima Chokr (CSU, Long Beach)
Project: "The OFQ-ORL-1 system mediates Tamoxifen and ICI-182, 780 facilitation of lordosis via GPER"
Mentor: Kevin Sinchak, Biological Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Karina Hernandez (CSU, Fresno)
Project: "The effect of bisphosphonate drugs on metastatic breast cancer in a 3D culture model"
Mentor: Jason Bush, Biology/Science & Mathematics

Emily Judd (UCSD)
Project: "Chronobiological Interventions for the Treatment of Major Depression in Pregnant and Postpartum Women "
Mentor: Barbara Parry, Psyhchiatry

Sa La Kim (CSU, Northridge)
Project: "The Role of ITGA1 in Pancreatic Cancer"
Mentor: Jonathan Kelber, Biology/Science and Mathematics

Kelly Leavitt (CSU, San Luis Obispo)
Project: "Effects of hormonal contraceptive use on the human gut microbiome and specifically Escherichia coli: A pilot study"
Mentor: Alejandra Yep, Biological Sciences

Tiffany Lee (UCSD)
Project: "Dissecting the Molecular Basis of Breast Cancer Metastasis Dormancy"
Mentor: Jing Yang, Pharmacology/Pediatrics

Noelle Lipkin Leveque, PhD(c), DNP, FNP-C (USD Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science)
Project: "The Nursing Response to Human Trafficking"
Mentor: Cynthia Connelly

Karl Liboro (CSU, Los Angeles)
Project: "Effect of Bacteriocin-like peptide, pentocin TV35b, from Lactobacillus pentosus on Candida albicans biofilm formation"
Mentor: Hyunsook Park, Biological Sciences/Natural and Social Sciences

Jonathan Pham (UCSD)
Project: "Role of Sirt1 during Mouse Trophoblast Injury"
Mentor: Mana Parast, Pathology

Lorena Sosa (SDSU) 
Project: "Testing Resistance to Protease Inhibitors from Patients HIV-1 Isolates Utilizing a Cell-Based Platform"
Mentor: Roland Wolkowicz, Biology/Sciences

Brandon Strong (CSU, San Luis Obispo)
Project: "Point-of-Care Diagnostic Device for the Quantitative Analysis of Human Estradiol"
Mentor: Nathaniel Martinez, Biological Sciences

Alan Tran (CSU, San José)
Project: "An Investigation into the Effects of Sensory Activity on Neural Circuits"
Mentor: Miri VanHoven, Biological Sciences

Cory Vierra (CSU, Sacramento)
Project: "Synthesis and Optimization of Hexavalent Glycodendrimers as Anti-HIV Agents"
Mentor: Katherine McReynolds, Chemistry/Natural Science and Mathematics

Brandy White (CSU, Fresno)
Project: "Small Molecule Binding Sites Explored in Variable Heavy Chain Antibodies"
Mentor: Cory Brooks, Chemistry 

Kevin White (SDSU) 
Project: "An in vitro Investigation on Proliferation, Survival, and Differential Potential of CardioClusters"
Mentor: Mark Sussman, Biology

2015 Howell Scholars

Andres Bermudez (SDSU) 
Project: "Identification of the GBS Bacterial Factor that Contributes to Tight Junction Disruption in Brain Endothelium"
Mentor: Kelly Doran, Biology 

Liza Brusman (UCSD)
Project: "Enhancer-Derived Noncoding RNA in Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Gene Regulation"
Mentor: Pamela Mellon

Jessie Chen (UCSD)
Project:"Examining the Effects of GnRH on FOXO1 Cellular Localization In Gonadotrope Cells"
Mentor: Kina Thackray

Annalisa Duenas (SJSU)
Project: "The Effects of Developmental Ethanol Exposure on Neuropeptide F Signaling in Drosophila melanogaster"
Mentor: Rachael French, Biological Sciences

Lukas Fuentes (CSU, Long Beach)
Project: "Lysine and glutamate residues in the C-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein A-I are responsible for oligomerization"
Mentor: Paul Weers, Chemistry & Biochemistry 

Joshua Gladfelder (CSU, Chico) 
Project: "Inhibiting the Proliferation of Breast Cancer Cells by the use of Dimeric Binders of the Grb2 SH2 Domain"
Mentor: Carolynn Arpin, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lindsay Hetrick (CSPU, Pomona)
Project: "Functional Study of Bmi1 in Breast Cancer cells"
Mentor: Junjun Liu, Biology 

Anna Leighton (SDSU) 
Project: "A molecular approach to Myosin Storage Myopathy (MSM) disease mechanism through in vivo and in vitro assays"
Mentor: Sanford Bernstein, Biology

Geil Merana (CSU, Fresno)
Project: "Study of the Effects of California Particulate Matter Samples on the Production of Reactive Oxygen Species in Alveolar Macrophages"
Mentor: Laurent Dejean, Chemistry

CDR Ryan L. Nations, NC, USN, PhD(c), CRNA (USD)
Project: "Sleep Disordered Breathing in Pregnancy"
Mentor: Cynthia Connelly, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jodi O'Brien, MSN, RN-BC (USD)
Project: "Examining Breastfeeding Patterns and Nurse Factors Associated with In-hospital Formula Supplementation"
Mentor: Mary Barger, PhD, MPH, BSN

Jessica Phan (CSU, Long Beach)
Project: "Ovarian steroid hormone regulation of progesterone receptor Src kinase signaling pathway"
Mentor: Kevin Sinchak, Biological Sciences 

Aaron Ridder (CSU, Long Beach)
Project: "Androgen regulation of Sfswap protein expression in the developing mouse cortex and hippocmapus"
Mentor: Houng-Wei Tsai, Biological Sciences

Deepika Suresh  (UCSD)
Project: "Developing an educational intervention to improve genetic risk assessment in young breast cancer survivors"
Mentor: Irene Su

Jaime Tran (CSU, Long Beach)
Project: "Mass Spectrometric Determination of the Conformation of Apolipoprotein E3 in High Density Lipoproteins"
Mentor: Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Chemistry & Biochemistry 

Joy Aparicio Valenzuela (CSU, Fresno)
Project: "The expression of the Alzheimer’s disease associated protein tau and the development of associated cognitive decline in Drosophila melanogaster"
Mentor: David Lent, Biology 

Kaycee Villarreal (CSU, Long Beach)
Project: "The Effect of Dialkyl Bis-Phosphates on Beta-Amyloid Formation"
Mentor: Roger Acey, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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